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Recent changes to planning: an overview

There have been several changes to the planning system in recent months, reflecting the response to Covid-19 and most recently in support of the Prime Minister’s evocation to ‘build, build, build’.

‘No DSS’ no longer

The Department for Social Security or more commonly referred to as ‘DSS’, was the government department responsible for providing benefit payments. The department was however replaced in 2001 by the Department of Work and Pensions. In the case of Rosie Keogh v Nicholas George Ltd, the complainant contacted a local letting agent regarding a property […]

Swiss Federal Supreme Court follows the practice of EPO’s Board of Appeal on singling out

In a recent decision (4A_613/2019, 11 May 2020), the Swiss Federal Supreme Court (Supreme Court) followed the practice of the Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) as it held that the singling out of single features from two separate lists of features and therefore the combination of these  two specific features constitutes an extension of the subject-matter of the patent application leading to its nullity.


In the lap of the law

As Allen & Overy’s property developers fight with local traders at Spitalfields over the firm’s planned new office location, Clifford Chance lawyers moving to their new Docklands office are facing a rather different local uprising. Last week, Tulkinghorn reported that a second strip club was planning to open in the Docklands, possibly inspired by the […]

The Leader Column

So Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has finally managed to snare US capability in the shape of a strategic alliance with New York firm Kramer Levin.You can just hear it: Kramer who? Here&#39s the bluffer&#39s guide: solid New York practice, good on real estate, bankruptcy and litigation, strong finances, with average profits per partner of $795,000 […]


With 100 fee-earners, Howard Kennedy maintains that personal touch

Fighting force

Although NTL has suffered debts and bankruptcy, the firm’s legal department has been left untouched. Vanessa Pawsey meets the man who held it together, Robert Mackenzie NTL has had a tough time over the past year following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. And given its forthcoming debt refinancing, things are not likely to improve fast.Since […]

Irwin Mitchell to close practices in the Midlands

Irwin Mitchell is closing down three of its four commercial groups in Birmingham, leaving 15 jobs hanging in the balance, including those of its six fee-earners and two trainees The national firm is closing its Birmingham insolvency, corporate finance and property departments, leaving only employment as its remaining commercial offering in the Midlands. It aims […]

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